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  • A brief history of cannabis A brief history of cannabis

    June 20, 2018 5:15 AM 2

    Over the years, cannabis has been deeply rooted in Jamaican culture. The plant has been a muse of reggae music as well as a sacrament in the Rastafarian faith. Not to mention, the island's climate provides one of the most ideal conditions for cultivation. However, cannabis is said to have originated in Central Asia, with widespread use of the plant dating

  • Kingston mayor wants to make markets more fire-resistant

    June 20, 2018 5:15 AM

    MAYOR of Kingston Senator Delroy Williams has indicated that the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) is well advanced in the repairs being made to the Redemption Arcade. KSAMC has since restored 62 stalls in the arcade with further repairs being done to beautify and improve the space, a release said yesterday. “We are currently designing

  • Rastaman on rape charge agrees to provide DNA samples

    June 20, 2018 5:15 AM 1

    A 51-year-old Rastafarian man accused of raping a 11-year-old girl in his community yesterday volunteered to provide DNA samples to clear his name, when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court. The construction worker, who resides in an inner-city community in Kingston, was this month arrested and charged with rape. Attorney Zandragay

  • NWA gets ready for complete closure of Three Miles

    June 20, 2018 5:15 AM

    ALTERNATIVE routes motorists will be able to use when the National Works Agency (NWA) closes Three Miles/Portia Simpson Miller Square to vehicular traffic completely, in a month's time, were outlined to yesterday's Roads and Traffic Committee meeting of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation. Work by China Harbour Engineering on two interchange

  • Transport Authority dispenses with buses that failed Mount Rosser test

    June 20, 2018 4:44 AM 1

    Managing Director of the Transport Authority, Cecil Morgan, told members of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday that five 40-seater buses costing $115 million ordered by the previous management of the entity could not pass over the steep terrain of Mount Rosser. Morgan said that employees of the Authority were being transported to a staff

  • Canadian senate passes weed bill but legalization delayed

    June 20, 2018 2:26 AM 2

    TORONTO, Canada (AP) — Canada's Senate gave final passage today to the federal government's bill to legalize cannabis, though Canadians will have to wait at least a couple of months to legally buy marijuana as their country becomes the second in the world to make pot legal nationwide. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government had hoped to make pot legal

  • British Government announces plans for annual Windrush Day

    June 19, 2018 7:09 PM 4

    The British Government has announced that a day celebrating the contribution of members of the Windrush generation and their descendants will be held annually. British-Caribbean representatives will oversee Windrush Day, set to take place every June 22, marking the day the generation began when around 500 migrants from the West Indies disembarked from the Empire

  • Crisis talks in Nicaragua end abruptly with no agreement

    June 19, 2018 5:25 PM 2

    A fresh attempt at solving a deadly crisis in Nicaragua through talks has stalled after opposition representatives and Catholic Church mediators walked out. At least 180 people have been killed since a wave of anti-government protests started on April 18. The mediators blamed the government for the failure of the latest negotiations. They accused the government

  • Kenya court rules that Cuban doctors can work in hospitals

    June 19, 2018 4:56 PM 1

    NAIROBI, Kenya (CMC) — A court in Nairobi, Kenya says Cuban doctors who arrived in the country earlier this month can start working in hospitals, thereby dismissing a challenge from the doctor's union on their right to work here. On Tuesday, the Employment and Labour relations court ruled that there is no proof that a decision to hire Cuban specialists

  • LOCAL FORECAST Friday, May 25, 2018

    June 19, 2018 4:55 PM 1

    There is a High Pressure Ridge across the northern Caribbean, including Jamaica. is expected to remain across this area into early next week. Windy conditions are expected to persist across the island throughout the weekend. This morning, expect isolated morning showers across some eastern parishes, partly cloudy elsewhere. This afternoon, there will be widely